Glamping Lakeside Bandung is a new place for a family vacation in Situ Patenggang Bandung. Officially, the name is Glamping Lakeside Rancabali because it nestles inside the Rancabali tea plantation. However, many people know it as the glamping on the bank of Situ Patenggang Bandung (Situ means a lake in English), ergo Glamping Lakeside Bandung name.
It offers glamping (glamour camping), a boat-shaped restaurant named Pinisi Resto, and floating tents for hanging out in the lake.
Glamping or Glamour Camping is a new trend of camping. It is for people who want to experience camping in the comfort of a hotel.
The Glamping Lakeside Bandung in the Rancabali tea plantation is exactly offering that kind of experience. Big white tents stand on the bank of Situ Patenggang. Inside, you will be surprised to see a boat-shaped bed! Plus, it has an ensuite bathroom. Spending a night here might cost you around one to two million Rupiah. It depends on the day and which tent you choose.
Should you decide to spend a night here, don't forget to bring warm clothes. The temperature in Situ Patenggang Bandung is around 25 Celcius during the day. Then, it might drop to 12 Celcius at night!
You don’t have to be one of the Glamping Lakeside Bandung guests to enjoy this resort. Once you have paid the entrance fee at the gate, you are welcome to explore it.
The fun begins as soon as you pass the ticket booth. You will drive through the road of the Rancabali tea plantation. The air is fresh and a bit cold, so you don’t need to turn on your car AC here :)
At the end of the road, you will reach the shore of Situ Patenggang Bandung. Here you will see a big wooden ship on top of a hill surrounded by tea shrubs. That is your destination: the restaurant of Glamping Lakeside Bandung called Pinisi Resto. Walking toward this restaurant, you will see white tents on the bank of Situ Patengan. Those tents are the glamping tents.
Since Pinisi Resto is in the form of a sailing ship, you have to walk on a bridge made of wood and ropes to enter the restaurant. Often people walk-jump on it to shake the bridge :)
The restaurant serves Sundanese food and traditional snacks such as fried bananas, but overall the taste is mediocre. One thing is for sure: they don’t serve cold drinks or ice. They even don’t provide ice cubes! Should you prefer a hotdog, you can buy it at the food trucks near the parking lot.
On the contrary to the taste of the food, the view from the deck is stunning. The photo opportunities are endless.
Glamping Lakeside Bandung is more than just the glamping and Pinisi Resto. There are plenty of areas to explore.
Walk down the stairs until you reach the lakeshore, which is the location of the Batu Cinta (Love Stone in English). Batu Cinta represents a famous legend in Situ Patenggang Bandung. It is a love story between two lovers who were separated and finally reunited. Read the legend here ...
The first time I saw Batu Cinta, I was disappointed. It is only a human-made stone wall that describes the legend. I am guessing whether the huge mossy stone next to it is the real Batu Cinta.
You can hire a boat and cross the lake from here, where you will reach the original entrance of Situ Patenggang Bandung.
Another unique place to hang out in Glamping Lakeside Rancabali is the floating tents. They are floating using many empty plastic barrels to support them underneath.
These floating tents are safe because the lake is very calm and the wave is almost non-existent. But of course, you still have to be careful and watch your children. No fence bordering the edges here, so make sure you don't tumble into the lake!
There is a small coffee stand in the middle of these floating tents, a perfect place to drink a cup of coffee, enjoy the panorama of Situ Patenggang Bandung, and watch some small boats pass by. Don’t forget your cameras and snaps more beautiful pictures here :)
The next tourist spot to explore inside the Rancabali tea plantation is the Rengganis crater. I heard it is a beautiful crater with hot springs, and I saw the road sign on the way to Glamping Lakeside Bandung. However, since the direction is not clear enough, that will be for another day and another adventure :)
Glamping Lakeside Rancabali shares the shore and the view of Situ Patengan a.k.a. Situ Patenggang Bandung, same lake but different entrance. The coordinates are 7°10'01.0"S 107°21'14.4"E.
The entrance to this resort is between Kawah Putih (White Crater) and Situ Patenggang (Situ Patengan). You will not miss it because it has a massive billboard on the right side of the road. As soon as you turn right, you will see a row of entrance ticket booths leading you to drive through the magnificent Rancabali tea plantation.